To kick off the first weekend of life in New York City, many of the new Manresa Scholars joined us for our annual tradition of kayaking on the Hudson River! With close to 100 Scholars in attendance, along with members of the Manresa faculty and staff, as well as some esteemed Manresa alumni, we trekked bright and early into Manhattan via the D train.
For many Scholars, this was their first experience on the NYC Subway, on top of venturing outside of the Bronx as new Fordham students. After arriving at Columbus Circle, we walked outwards towards the Hudson to the Manhattan Community Boathouse at Pier 96. This organization offers free kayaking to the public and has hosted us for this program year after year!
After getting fitted with life-jackets and paddles, the Scholars took turns hitting the water in single and double kayaks. This program, right at the start of the semester, is a great opportunity for the group to get to know each other and bond on and off the water. Afterwards, the Scholars were free to explore the city on their own, many going to grab a bite to eat and walking through Central Park to enjoy the beautiful day and some early college experiences.
Lindsey Register, FCRH 2020
Manresa Programming & Marketing Fellow, 2018-2019